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Peter is the man to lead Munster into the last four

By Aidan Corr
PETER O’Mahony epitomises the Munster spirit. He has come through the early introductions to the game at the tender age of single digits, was earmarked as a player of the future when the schools competitions beckoned, soldiered with Cork Con in the AIL and was already spotted in the wings when Munster won their second (and last) Heineken Cup in 2008. He comes from good Cork rugby stock and his dad was cheering Constitution on against Newcastle West last Sunday in Cullinagh in the Bank of Ireland Munster Junior Cup quarter final.
The Munster back-row is noted for his intensity both on and off the field but facing the media at the University of Limerick this week, there was a noticeable calmness about the former Lions captain and a sense of excitement as the province prepared for their biggest challenge of the season.
Peter will be secretly pleased that he is likely to lead out, arguably, the best available squad for Saturday’s Heineken European Champions Cup quarter final in Murrayfield. Hints from the camp indicate that Joey Carbery, Chris Farrell and Tadhg Beirne are all good to start: ‘Joey has been great for us and fits in well with a squad that can perform at the highest level. With a lot of guys putting their hands up for starting places it’s a good place to be. It’s disappointing for the guys that are injured . I played in Murrayfield a few times and it’s a super stadium. Edinburgh are a good team and they are a tough side to meet on their own ground,’ said Peter.
When Chris Farrell came on five minutes into the second half last Saturday night he made an immediate impression, making a series of impressive breaks. It looks likely that he will start against Edinburgh and he told us that he regards this as a massive game for Munster: ‘I missed some games last season because of injury but now I’m fit and ready to go. The camp is buzzing at the moment and the return of the international boys adds to the build-up.
‘This is a big game for Munster, it is going to be physical and we need to take every opportunity we create. Edinburgh appear to be flying in both competitions but there is a ‘will and want’ amongst our squad and we will be well prepared.’

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